INCI: Lactobacillus/Wasabia Japonica (Wasabi) Root Ferment Extract
At Whitfords, we don’t use petroleum-derived preservatives for sustainability reasons and instead, we choose to work with weak salts and acids. Some people might call these “natural preservation systems”.
Working with these milder preservatives requires extra help so we often pair them with ingredients that have a dual purpose – sometimes called “boosters”. For example, a certain ingredient can have moisturising properties and at the same time help preserve the final product. Wasabi extract is a great example of a booster.
It’s produced by macerating and fermenting the roots of the indigenous Japanese plant Wasabia japonica with Lactobacillus. It’s a powerful antioxidant for the skin – it protects DNA against damage caused by free radicals while promoting the activity of other antioxidants – and it also shows significant antimicrobial activity at very low concentrations in the formula – so we don’t need add loads to benefit from its properties.
And don’t worry, the extract doesn’t smell!
Find this wonderful multifunctional ingredient in our: Hemp & Algae Face Cream, Fruits & Seeds Eye Cream.